To the east of the island across the Ombai Strait lie the islands of Wetar and Atauro, the latter belonging to East Timor. To the south, across the Strait of Alor, lies the western part of Timor. To the north lies the Banda Sea. To the west lies Pantar and the other islands of the Alor archipelago, and further yet the rest of the Sunda Islands.
Alor has an area of about 2800 km², making it the largest island of the Alor archipelago. Kalabahi is the only town on the island of Alor, with a metropolitan population of about 60,000. The variety of goods obtainable in Kalabahi is surprising considering its size and location. The 2010 census population of the island is 145,299 out of 190,000 in the regency.
Alor is of volcanic origin and has very rugged terrain. The region near Kalabahi is the only flat area. This may be why the Dutch chose the location as the capital and main harbor (Alor-Kecil) in 1911.
On 12 November 2004, an earthquake occurred, killing 34 people, and injuring 400. The shock had a moment magnitude of 7.5 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe).
The island's infrastructure is only weakly built. The inhabitants practice mainly subsistence agriculture. The government seeks to change this with the help of international organizations. In the villages, vanilla, tamarind, almonds and other nuts are cultivated. In the forests sandalwood is cut down for trade.
The latest geological explorations have discovered valuable resources such as gypsum, kaolin, petroleum, natural gas, tin, gold, and diamonds. Alor's snorkelling and diving may promise an increase in tourism in the future. Depletion of the fisheries has however damaged the coral reefs in recent years.
Over 168,000 people live on Alor. Three-fourths are Protestants, the rest are either Muslims or in a few villages Roman Catholics. Animistic rites and traditions are still strongly practiced.
More than 15 different indigenous languages are spoken on Alor, the majority of them classified as Papuan or non-Austronesian. These include Abui, Adang, Hamap, Kabola, Kafoa, Woisika, Kelon, and Kui. In addition, Alorese (Bahasa Alor; ISO 639-3: aol) is a Malayo-Polynesian language which is spoken along the coast of the western and southern Bird's Head of Alor Island and in places on surrounding islands.
Many of the Papuan languages of Alor are endangered and are no longer being actively acquired by children. Some languages have fewer than 1000 speakers remaining. Significant linguistic documentation efforts have been undertaken recently by Leiden University. The language of daily communication is Alor Malay, a unique Malay variety with some similarities to Kupang Malay. Indonesian is taught in schools and used widely in media.
During the dry season, Kalabahi is serviced by flights five times a week from Kupang the provincial capital, using a [ATR42] 46 seat by TransNusa Trigana Air and Kasa[disambiguation needed] 18-seat airplane. These flights were run by the now defunct Merpati Airlines. Most of them were simply Kupang–Kalabahi–Kupang, but mid-2003 a new flight Kupang–Kalabahi–Kisar–Ambon, returning the next day, was introduced. The two Pelni passenger ships Serimau and Awu also pass through Kalabahi each week. Transport to Alor during the wet season is sometimes disrupted due to high winds and large waves.
On 17 November 2006, Trigana Air suffered its first ever plane accident. The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter struck a mountain in Puncak Jaya (Indonesia) seven minutes before it was scheduled to land in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. All 12 passengers on board died shortly after the incident.
Day 01: ARRIVAL AT KUPANG
Arrival at airport El Tari Kupang transfer to Hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 02: KUPANG-ALOR ISLAND
After breakfast proceed to airport for catching airplane to Kalabahi Alor. Arrival at mali airport in Kalabahi, meet our representative then continue having lunch, then city tour of Kalabahi, after city tour, check in for dinner and overnight.
Day 03: KALABAHI-TAKPALA-MALI-BENLELANG
After breakfast, visit Takpala traditional village, to Mali beach and BenLelang Bay. then having lunch. After lunch visit Kenarilang Bay for beautiful panorama scenery, then back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 04: KALABAHI-ALOR KECIL/ALOR BESAR-KOKAR
After breakfast, tour to Alor kecil Costal village for the extremely strong current tuning between Kumbang Cape, Kepa and Pura Island and also for white sandy beach. Then continue to Alor Besar for Bungabali kingdom and a handwriting of holy Al-quran of muslim, then lunch in the afternoon visit Kokar and Bota for beautiful seashore for snorkeling to see the magnificent under sea water views, return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 05: KALABAHI-KUPANG
After breakfast, do free programs until check out, transfer to airport to other destination.
Rate : USD 525/person/twin share, minimum 2 person
• Transfer and tours as per the itinerary.
• Full board meals
• Private charter boat trip
• Entrance fees
• Ranger fee
• Mineral water, morning and afternoon tea-coffee plus snack during the trip on the boat.
• English speaking guide
• Boat anchorage
• Refreshment and Porter
• Snorkeling gear
• Return airfare ticket from/to Denpasar
• Camera fee, travel insurance
• Any personal expenses, such as: laundry services, phone call, tipping, soft and alcohol drink
What to bring:
• Sun screen
• Tracking shoes
• Towel and swimming suite
• Fly spray
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